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The Weeknd’s ‘Blinding Lights’ Ties Record for Most Weeks Spent on Billboard Hot 100

The Weeknd’s ‘Blinding Lights’ Ties Record for Most Weeks Spent on Billboard Hot 100

The Weeknd’s “Blinding Lights” adds another honor to its already historic Billboard Hot 100 run, spending a record-tying 87th week on the chart (dated Aug. 14). It equals the run of Imagine Dragons’ “Radioactive,” which logged its time on the tally in 2012-14.

“Blinding Lights,” released on XO/Republic Records, bowed on the Hot 100 dated Dec. 14, 2019, at No. 11. The song, which ranks at No. 16 in its 87th week, hit No. 1 for its first of four weeks on top on the chart dated April 4, 2020. Along the way, it has rewritten the records for the most time spent in the Hot 100’s top five (43 weeks), top 10 (57 weeks), top 20 (78 weeks) and top 40 (83 weeks).

Here’s an updated look at the titles to log the most time on the Hot 100, dating to the chart’s Aug. 4, 1958, inception through the latest list, dated Aug. 14, 2021.

Most Weeks Spent on the Billboard Hot 100:
87 weeks, “Blinding Lights,” The Weeknd, No. 1 peak (four weeks), April 4, 2020 peak date
87 weeks, “Radioactive,” Imagine Dragons, No. 3, July 6, 2013
79 weeks, “Sail,” AWOLNATION, No. 17, Oct. 12, 2013
76 weeks, “I’m Yours,” Jason Mraz, No. 6, Sept. 20, 2008
69 weeks, “How Do I Live,” LeAnn Rimes, No. 2, Dec. 13, 1997
68 weeks, “Counting Stars,” OneRepublic, No. 2, Jan. 18, 2014
68 weeks, “Party Rock Anthem,” LMFAO feat. Lauren Bennett & GoonRock, No. 1 (six weeks), July 16, 2011
65 weeks, “Rolling in the Deep,” Adele, No. 1 (seven weeks), May 21, 2011
65 weeks, “You Were Meant for Me”/”Foolish Games,” Jewel, No. 2, April 19, 1997
64 weeks, “Before He Cheats,” Carrie Underwood, No. 8, June 2, 2007

Should “Blinding Lights” — one of three Hot 100 No. 1s from The Weeknd’s 2020 album After Hours, and which he performed as the finale of his Super Bowl LV halftime show medley Feb. 7 — notch an 88th week on the Hot 100 dated Aug. 21, setting the record outright for the most time spent on the chart, it will be joined on the ranking by his new single, “Take My Breath,” released Friday (Aug. 6).

“I’ve always had an admiration for the era before I was born,” The Weeknd, 31, mused to Billboard in 2020 of the retro vibe of “Blinding Lights.” “You can hear it as far back as my first mixtape [2011’s House of Balloons] that the ’80s – Siouxsie & the Banshees, Cocteau Twins – play such a huge role in my sound. Sometimes it helps me create a new sound and sometimes it’s just obvious. I’m just glad the world’s into it now.”

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